T.I.’S COMMENTS about taking his daughter to the doctor to make sure she is still a virgin have sparked outrage.
During an appearance on the Ladies Like Us podcast, hosted by Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, discussed talking about sex education with his children.
The rapper and actor revealed that he goes with his daughter Deyjah Harris, who is 18 years old and attending college, to her gynaecological appointment every year in order to check that her “hymen is still intact”.
Speaking about how he accompanies Deyjah to her gynaecological appointment, T.I. said: “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynaecologist to check her hymen. Yes, I go with her … I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.”
Podcast hosts Mandi and Moham laughed at the father-of-six’s revelations and suggested that men will flock around his daughter, to which T.I. responded: “They’re no fun. Who wants a virgin?…Like, really? All that work.”
There has been widespread condemnation in response to T.I’s comments.
Planned Parenthood tweeted: “Idk [I don’t know] who needs to hear this but virginity is a made-up social construct, and it has absolutely nothing to do with your hymen.
“A virgin is someone who’s never had sex. But ‘sex’ means different things to different people, so ‘virginity’ does too. Many don’t care what it means or think it matters. Whatever you believe, the fact is you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by checking their hymen.”
“It’s 2019 [and] we still have to endure the casual bragging of a man who has his daughters hymen checked as if that’s not a creepy AF thing to do to another human being. All purity culture does is enable men to put a price on women. Virginity isn’t tied to morality but to men’s egos,” writer Amna Saleem tweeted.
“I still can’t wrap my head round this T.I issue? Okay so, if her ‘hymen’ wasn’t intact, then what? What next? What exactly is his business with her vagina? How does it affect him as a person? Parents think policing your sexuality will stop you from being sexual,” one woman tweeted.